Well, I was thinking about this today, having had the new Ram 2500 for a couple of weeks. There are stages of the new vehicle buying process and, I find myself in the final stage.
The first stage comes when you're pulling a long hill and the TV shifts all the way down to 3rd and cranks 4500 rpm for 30 seconds or so... and you quote Han Solo... "Hold together, Baby!"
The second stage comes when you've crested the hill and think to yourself... "Boy, a diesel sure would do that much better..."
The third stage comes when you're perusing the internet and just happen to start looking at F-250s and Ram 2500s, and then do the "Build and Price" thingy.
The forth stage is dangerous... As you and the Minister of Finance are pulling a long hill, you broach the subject of a new tow vehicle. "Danger, Will Robinson!" Bear in mind that my lovely wife has the hardest, boniest little fists in the State of Texas... and it's a BIG state!
The fifth stage is determining how to finance this venture. Luckily, I don't owe anyone for anything, so the Minister of Finance couldn't whip me too bad...
Your mileage may vary...
The sixth stage is driving and selecting the vehicle, and getting through all the dealer's BS and whining about how much money they're losing... that's a good one!
I have finally entered the seventh stage... That's the... "Oh CRAP! Did I really just write a check THAT BIG!?!?!" stage... That one kind of hit me today.
I am still in danger... my topper is ordered so I have one more check to write... If it comes in later this week, I might get to see it next Wednesday. That's about how long it will take for the swelling around my eyes to go down...